Topic: diseases

Sex (Re)Ed: A Brief Refresher On STIs

Sex (Re)Ed: A Brief Refresher On STIs

Earlier today, Elizabeth wrote about a few non-normal ‘nether region symptoms that could be caused by something other than an STI, which was a good reminder that just because it itches, it doesn’t mean it’s automatically an infection of the intimate variety. But that doesn’t mean that when something fishy is going on downstairs, you should ignore it–because it could be something serious. More »

Anti-Aging Drugs Could Have You Seeing 150th Birthday

Anti-Aging Drugs Could Have You Seeing 150th Birthday

The first drugs that will successfully slow the aging process should be available within five to 10 years, Australian researchers say. Between these drugs and stem cell therapies, the ability to extend human life to at least 150 years old isn’t far off. But medical technology could outpace the social and economic systems needed to support old old age—or even outpace other health developments necessary to make living longer short of miserable for most people. More »

Some Doctors Say Antioxidants a Sham

Some Doctors Say Antioxidants a Sham

If you’ve paid any attention to health news (or marketing) lately, you’re probably well-versed in the Gospel of Antioxidants. As Slate writer Kent Sepkowitz notes “few medical remedies have a more sterling reputation than that assortment of foods, pills and general life maneuvers known collectively as ‘antioxidants.’” Technically, any molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules, antioxidants fight ‘free radicals’ (those rascally products of oxidation that can cause cell damage or death) and help prevent against stroke, cancer, neurodegenerative and heart diseases. More »